Cheltenham Festival 2019: Handicap weights are revealed with the Festival just 13 days away

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THE weights for the 10 handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival have been released.

We have picked through the races and earmarked the weights of several horses to watch out for.

PA:Press Association

Ultima Handicap Chase (105 entries)

The well-backed ante-post favourite Give Me A Copper (6-1) has been allotted 10st 9lb for the Ultima on the opening day.

Mister Whitaker, a winner at the Festival last year, has been given 11st 1lb, while Alpha Des Obeaux is the top weight on 11st 12lb.

Other notable contenders are Tout Est Permis (11st 7lb), Blow By Blow (10st 10lb) and Janika (11st 6lb).

Selected Ultima weights

11-12 Alpha Des Obeaux (25-1)

11-7 Tout Est Permis (16-1)

11-7 Black Corton (16-1)

11-6 Janika (14-1)

11-4 Dounikos (16-1)

11-1 Mister Whitaker (16-1)

10-10 Blow By Blow (20-1)

10-9 Give Me A Copper (6-1)

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (75 entries)

Chris Gordon’s Highway One O One is one of five horses sharing top weight of 11st 12lb for the 2m4f handicap.

Tom George’s leading fancy Clondaw Castle has 11st 11lb, while Grade 2 winner Castafiore is on 11st 6lb.

Mind’s Eye (11st 9lb), Tower Bridge (11st 8lb) and Ballywood (11st 6lb) are others to note.

Selected Close Brother weights

11-12 Highway One O One (16-1)

11-11 Caid Du Lin (25-1)

11-11 Clondaw Castle (8-1)

11-10 Any Second Now (14-1)

11-8 Tower Bridge (12-1)

11-7 Roaring Bull (16-1)

11-6 Ballywood (16-1)

11-6 Castafiore (16-1)

Coral Cup (126 entries)

The hot favourite Uradel (6-1) could carry a feather weight in the Coral Cup.

He has been handed 10st 3lb for Willie Mullins, while other leading Irish fancy Off You Go has 11st 8lb.

Vision Des Flos (11st 4lb) and Getaway Trump (10st 9lb) are among the leading British challengers.

Selected Coral Cup weights

11-8 Off You Go (10-1)

11-7 Jezki (16-1)

11-4 Vision Des Flos (16-1)

11-2 Killultagh Vic (25-1)

11-00 Bleu Berry (25-1)

10-12 Brio Conti (16-1)

11-9 Getaway Trump (12-1)

10-3 Uradel (8-1)

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Fred Winter) (59 entries)

Joseph O’Brien’s Fred Winter favourite Band Of Outlaws has been assigned 11st 2lb.

O’Brien also trains the second favourite, Gardens Of Babylon, and the JP McManus-owned gelding has 11st 8lb.

Owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede could have a strong hand with Torpillo (11st 4lb) and Cracker Factory (11st 2lb).

Selected Boodles weights

11-8 Gardens Of Babylon (10-1)

11-4 Torpillo (20-1)

11-2 Fine Brunello (12-1)

11-2 Band Of Outlaws (7-1)

11-1 Coeur Sublime (16-1)

10-13 Fanfan Du Seuil (20-1)

10-8 Lethal Steps (12-1)

10-5 Friend Or Foe (12-1)

Pertemps Network Final (48 entries)

Sire Du Berlais, fourth in last year’s Martin Pipe, has been well-backed in recent days and has been handed 11st 7lb.

Festival-winning trainer Ian Williams could be represented by the smart First Assignment, who has 11st 4lb.

Aaron Lad (11st 4lb), Walk To Freedom (11st 10lb) and Cuneo (10st 13lb) also feature.

Selected Pertemps weights

11-12 The Mighty Don (25-1)

11-10 Walk To Freedom (16-1)

11-7 Sire Du Berlais (8-1)

11-4 First Assignment (10-1)

11-4 Aaron Lad (14-1)

10-13 Cuneo (16-1)

10-13 Flemcara (20-1)

10-9 Mormon (20-1)

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Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (82 entries)

The Storyteller won this £110,000 contest last season and has been given top weight off 11st 12lb.

Nicky Henderson’s strapping chaser Gold Present could carry 11st 3lb.

Siruh Du Lac (10st 6lb) and Happy Diva (10st 7lb) should sneak in at the foot of the weights.

Selected Plate weights

11-12 The Storyteller (20-1)

11-7 Janika (16-1)

11-3 Gold Present (25-1)

11-1 River Wylde (16-1)

10-13 Calipto (16-1)

10-12 Spiritofthegames (16-1)

10-7 Happy Diva (14-1)

10-6 Siruh Du Lac (10-1)

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (91 entries)

Vyta Du Roc and Le Breuil are among five horses sharing top weight.

The lightly-raced Its All Guesswork is well-fancied in the betting and has been given 11st.

De Name Escapes Me (11st 6lkb) and Any Second Now (11st 10lb) add depth to the Irish challenge.

Selected Kim Muir weights

11-12 Vyta Du Roc (33-1)

11-12 Le Breuil (20-1)

11-12 Now McGinty (14-1)

11-7 Barney Dwan (20-1)

11-6 De Name Escapes Me (16-1)

11-5 Squouateur (20-1)

11-4 Just A Sting (16-1)

11-00 Its All Guesswork (8-1)

Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (90 entries)

Call Me Lord is the clear top weight for Nicky Henderson and owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

Last year’s winner Mohaayed has been allotted 11st 5lb for trainer Dan Skelton.

Skelton could also run Ch’Tibello (10st 12lb) while 2016 Triumph hero Ivanovich Gorbatov has 10st 11lb.

Selected County Hurdle weights

11-12 Call Me Lord (25-1)

11-5 Mohaayed (25-1)

11-2 Western Ryder (20-1)

10-13 Vision D’Honneur (14-1)

10-13 Felix Desjy (16-1)

10-12 Ch’tibello (25-1)

10-11 Ivanovich Gorbatov (16-1)

10-10 Whiskey Sour (16-1)

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (58 entries)

Philip Hobbs trained the winner of the Grand Annual in 1996 and has the top weight this year in Ozzie The Oscar.

Defending champion Le Prezien (11st 7lb) and Magic Saint (11st 5lb) lead a strong challenge for Paul Nicholls.

Gordon Elliott’s Cubomania (11st 1lb) is one of 19 Irish entries.

Selected Grand Annual weights

11-12 Ozzie The Oscar (25-1)

11-9 Hardline (14-1)

11-8 Cadmium (16-1)

11-7 Le Prezien (16-1)

11-5 Magic Saint (10-1)

11-1 Whatswrongwithyou (8-1)

11-1 Cubomania (16-1)

11-00 Blazer (16-1)

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (113 entries)

Ante-post favourite Dallas Des Pictons has been handed 11st 5lb.

Willie Mullins has won the Martin Pipe three times in the last eight years, and his Acapella Bourgeois is towards the head of the weights on 11st 9lb.

Olly Murphy’s classy Thomas Darby could have several options at Cheltenham, and he has been handed 11st 5lb here.

Selected Martin Pipe weights

11-10 Early Doors (20-1)

11-9 Acapella Bourgeois (20-1)

11-7 Sinoria (16-1)

11-5 Thomas Darby (14-1)

11-5 Dallas Des Pictons (6-1)

11-4 Livelovelaugh (14-1)

11-2 Uradel (8-1)

10-11 Monsieur Lecoq (16-1)

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